Selling to Government Special Series – Part Four: Where to find support

24 December 2019

Depending on the sector in which you’re operating and the type of contract under tender, some government bodies can help you prepare a winning bid and also help you meet all the conditions and requirements of the won contract.

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Supporting organisations

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) maintains a directory of Victorian suppliers and their capabilities, conducts industry and geographic supply chain mapping as well as supplier briefings.

If you are tendering for a project worth over $1 million in regional Victoria or $3 million in metropolitan Melbourne, the ICN will help you prepare a Local Industry Development Plan. They can also assist with implementing this plan by holding supplier briefings and identifying local suppliers to ensure you meet your local content targets.

For example, the Personal Alert Victoria project is delivering with a commitment to 94% local content, under the Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy. As a result, around 33 outstanding Victorian businesses are contributing to this project – supporting 105 local jobs, including 2 trainees. 

The Local Jobs First Commissioner is an appointed advocate for businesses, workers, apprentices, trainees, and cadets, ensuring that all continue to benefit from Victorian Government purchasing.

The Commissioner also monitors, reviews and enforces compliance with the Local Jobs First Policy and the commitments and obligations of contractors under the policy; this includes investigations where the Commissioner has reasonable grounds to believe non-compliance is occurring or when there is a complaint.

The Commissioner has met with over 150 stakeholders since their appointment, finding that engagement during the early stages of a project is the most beneficial.

Follow this series to see our upcoming interview with Local Jobs First Commissioner Mr Don Matthews and hear more about how the Commissioner and his office can support you and your business.

Procurement Australia is an aggregated buying group, enabling a greater buying power for its 700+ members including local governments, public authorities, universities and TAFEs, not for profits, and private sector organisations. Procurement Australia offers advisory and consultancy services on a range of general or specific business requirements and can help your business more easily buy the goods and services you need.

You can read our Q&A feature with Joe Arena, Procurement Australasia Ltd's CEO, here.

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